THE Loft and the Whalers Hotel have joined forces to bring Warrnambool six hours of dance music this weekend.
There are four local DJs on the The Loft's Dark Tempo line-up, while Eden hosts a silent disco with four local DJs, and two at the SkyLounge, including one of the biggest hard dance producers in the country.
For many the highlight of the night will be Warrnambool DJ and producer Josh Lang, following up his successful appearance at Sydney's Defqon.1 festival last week with his first local gig.
Despite success overseas, including number one hits in the UK, Lang's hard dance style is yet to find a market in the regional music scene.
Local DJ Scott Parsons is supporting Lang at The Whalers' SkyLounge and said the Dark Tempo/SkyLounge events not only aimed at bringing hard dance out from the underground, but would also give local EDM (electronic dance music) producers and party-goers a Saturday night to remember.
He said it would be the first joint event between The Loft and The Whalers, giving Dark Tempo patrons half-price entry into the SkyLounge and Eden.
"Josh headlines every time he plays and played the main stage at Defqon.1 last year after only being on the scene for a year," he said of his mate Lang.
"For that music in the world and Australia, that's a big success for him to be playing main stage. It's pretty good for me having my name next to his on that flyer, but we're mainly trying to start a scene in town.
"The Gal and The Whalers have been commercial for so long and they haven't wanted to branch out into other genres, so with Dark Tempo's success earlier this year we've made them realise it does work.
"Having the SkyLounge open and allowing us to play what we want has really been working since then. It's a lot harder and faster than commercial dance music.
"People can go to both venues this weekend and see the different DJs and experience all the different genres."
In 2004 Lang was introduced to the harder side of dance music at the age of 18, then decided to get his hands on a pair of decks to see what the fuss was about.
Soon he had progressed from mixing two tracks together to producing his own beats and sounds.
Taking inspiration from many styles, Lang has spent countless hours at his home studio perfecting his sound, which can only be described as a fusion of thumping hardstyle basslines, euphoric melodies and breakdowns.